Thomas J. Seiter, Jr., M.D. 

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Code of Federal Regulations

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​Volume: 1

Date: 2019-07-01

Original Date: 2019-07-01

Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL

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​​​C&P Service Clinician’s Guide
Scheduled For A C & P???    Filing A Claim?
This is a must read for you!!!​
I've been posting this again and again over the years and it's still one of the best ways

I know to win your case.

Published in 2002 the principles and much of the

verbiage still applies and is in daily use at the VA. 

Combine these principles

with  an IMO  and you win.

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How To Increase An Existing Rating %

A great idea to learn more about how your condition is rated when others have appealed decisions similar to yours is to use the  BVA search engine.  Just like the image you see over there, the search engine asks for key words, then you pick the years to search and you are off on your research journey.

The BVA search engine is a great tool to study your particular condition and the potential and issues surrounding it.  

 https://www.index.va.gov/search/va/bva.jsp

Question:
Thanks for your Service. I'm a Marine Viet-Vet rated at 100% T&P since Dec., 2016. May I get a part-time job without jeopardizing my rating? And since I must convince my wife that I am not risking a thing, can you point me to official documentation that clarifies this? Thanks.
Reply:
There isn't a single piece of official documentation that states that as clearly as you want it said. These are often incredibly complex rulings and trying to understand how one piece of legislation, rules or regulations affect others is a science.
The answer to your question is yes. You may work as you please and not put your rating in any danger.
If you are 100% permanently and totally rated by The Schedule For Rating Disabilities, (a 100% schedular rating) then you are allowed to work as you are able to and you can generate any income without limits.
If you are rated as 100% permanently and totally disabled because of Total Disability Individual Unemployability or TDIU, you are not allowed to work at 'gainful employment' or employment that earns more than the federal poverty income limits.
If you'd like to do some research, follow these links below.
https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/4.16
http://www.benefits.va.gov/WARMS/docs/admin21/m21_1/mr/part4/subptii/ch02/M21-1IV_ii_2_SecF.docx
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/08/2017-26523/extra-schedular-evaluations-for-individual-disabilities
https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/special-claims/unemployability/

A Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating reflects the rated condition in the approximate moment in time when the rating decision was made. Ratings in 10% increments reflect the severity of a disabling condition on an increasing scale from 0% to 100%.

There are ratings above and beyond the standard 100% rating and those are reserved for the most acutely injured or ill veterans. It's accepted that over time a given disabling condition may become worse or more disabling and an upward adjustment to the rating should be considered. There are a few common sense steps to performing what is essentially a new application for a benefit...this one being an increase.

To be sure you're eligible and can prove your claim, have a look at  The Schedule For Rating Disabilities 

The Schedule is your guide to what you may be eligible for. You may learn that your current rating is already at the maximum or that your current rating is seriously deficient. You have to research it to know. Gather your evidence and records to support the increase. 

​If there are civilian medical records, you have to gather those for yourself. Do not rely on VA to obtain your civilian records.
​It's time to file the claim.

Be as precise as you can to describe just what it is that you want. Provide supporting evidence. I think that it's a good idea to go ahead and  have an IMO done .

File your  Intent To File A Claim  form and have an IMO done to provide when you finally get around to filing the claim for an increase.

If you take the time to do a thorough job of crossing t's and dotting i's after you've filed your Intent to File form, an increase is a pretty sure thing. You have to go in with all the evidence you need though...do not depend on VA to help!

If you're sure, go for it. If you aren't sure, you have some more work to do.

File the intent to file and gather evidence!

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855 - 948 - 2311    ​<robert.wilkie@va.gov>


Yes, this really works. No, it doesn't ring in the White House. The email address and phone number are staffed by a seemingly serious group of players, many who are veterans, and if you have a legit issue, telling these folks is like bringing in the artillery. Let's prepare  for your call or email. Make some notes before you proceed so you don't forget anything. I prefer email since there's no waiting for someone to answer and I can take my time to prepare the story in just the right detail. Be sure to include your DOB, your last 4, contact info...a couple of numbers, your preferred email and such. Describe the problem as briefly as you can.  Less is more.  Include the necessary

components but don't tell your life story.  Don't rant.  Be polite...military courtesy will get you places that hollering  IN ALL CAPS  won't.  Respect!  Don't waste their time with bogus complaints about your feelings being hurt. If you appropriately utilize this service,

I'll vouch that this works like a champ.

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Hey Jim,

​Let me help clarify that for you. There’s a backlog. Covid made it worse as VHA focused on Covid and told VBA to depend on contractors for C&P exams. Took time to get contractors engaged and understand the process—vets missed exams. Backlog increased. Or you could read the OIG report but that's what it says...

​​March 1 through April 5, 2020 6,400 of 7,700 claims (84 percent) were prematurely or improperly denied based on a canceled exam.
​​April 6 through May 13, 2020 3,700 of 5,500 claims (68 percent) were prematurely or improperly denied based on a canceled exam.
​​From May 14 through June 16, 2020 2,400 claims (48 percent) were prematurely or improperly denied based on a canceled exam.

/s/ Drew Early, Veterans Law Attorney

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Records Center Shuts Down, Citing COVID
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​​Temporary Reduction in Onsite Operations at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis